Mood #3

Hallo zusammen!

This week my coworkers and the majority of us have been feeling sick! It is crazy though how much of your mind has to do with it. Have you ever had one of those moments when you have completed your exams, or finished a project for work that you made sure you were 10000% attentive, and right after completing it you are immediately sick? Your body finally relaxes and knows that now you need to heal. Your mindset has the power to impact how soon and quickly you will recover.

During this time, I have made the effort to reflect on what I like to do when I’m needing some more “me” time. I realized that immediately I went to certain practices, things that I have learned from family, travel, friends, and what I personally like an individual. First I’ll start off with what I have been doing the past week, and then I’ll share some advice that I found from others around the world… What do different cultures and tribes practice when they need to rebuild strength, and healing?

Making your sleep environment comfortable, and simple can relax the mind, and encourage better sleep.

Making your sleep environment comfortable, and simple can relax the mind, and encourage better sleep.

ISA’S SELF RECOVERY TIPS

  1. Get enough Zzz’s

  2. Listen to some of your chill music, if you’re needing inspiration, check out my Spotify playlist, Fading Out

    • Sometime you just need to slow your thoughts and get out of your mind. Focus on some jams, and Breathe. Sound Therapy has been highly correlated to healthy thoughts which = Healthy Mind = Healthy Body = HAPPY FEELINGS..

  3. Drink LOTS of Water, but even more importantly… Get your electrolytes!

    • Add some Flavors, have Fun. Add some Lemon, maybe warm up some water and make a Ginger Tea… Some of my friends have been experimenting with different oils… Lavender, Rose, Basil essential oils.. I haven’t gone TOOOO in depth with this, but I am curious to learn… Hmm… Ideas for my next researching craze.

  4. Move your Body! (Walk, Stretch, Yoga, Slow and Steady wins the race)

    • It has taken me maybe a week and a half to feel completely “back” in strength and my running ability, but I remained consistent, walking when I felt able to, getting fresh air, and then STRETCHING. You don’t have to do anything Crazy, but laying on a couch isn’t always the best option (Unless you have fever or you feel dizzy! Take the time You need to rest, but avoid losing your routine of taking care of yourself. (I’m not a pro, but maybe you can relate?)

  5. Call your Family, (whatever that may mean to you), and have a meaningful talk!

    • Maybe it’s just me, but I get extremely energized when I hear the voice of a loved one… Do you ever feel this way? Who do you share your crappy (excuse my french) emotions with? Who can you call and just Vent! We need to sometimes!

  6. Journal. I have noticed that the majority of my cold’s and flu’s were caused by emotions that I haven’t reflected on. It really makes a difference when I make an effort to just write freely, and look at a situation from a different perspective.

    • Some options can be to write what you’re grateful for, write about your values and priorities to recalibrate or write about an event that happened and the story you have made about it.

  7. YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL! I can’t say this enough! If you know me, I may sound like a broken record at this point, but I really believe that your words Create the Future. So constantly putting yourself down, or being upset is going to take you NOWHERE… Probably only down. Be optimistic! “I AM GETTING BETTER! I AM STRONG. I AM LISTENING TO MY BODY. I AM TAKING THE TIME I NEED TO HEAL.” This is a challenge that is unfortunate, but maybe it was needed for a bigger reason! Maybe you need to see what you are doing in your life from a different perspective.

What do you do when you’re feeling off? Do you listen to your body? Do you continue pushing through?

For more info: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/turning-straw-gold/201608/10-strategies-try-when-you-re-sick-being-sick

Got some extra time? Keep reading.

The Calming Ritual of Matcha Tea:

Learn how to make matcha green tea through a traditional Chado Japanese Tea Ceremony. Making the perfect cup of tea for the Japanese is an integral aspect of their culture, and this ritual is no exception. New videos weekly. Highly recommend watching a few because they are simple and are easy to follow. This is the next ritual I am going to practice, looking for the instruments needed like the “chawan” for the stirring purpose. 

Current Songs to Calm the Mind:

HISTORY OF RITUALS

Check out this short video created by The School of Life… they go into greater depth on the importance and history of rituals… Great group of people that focus on teaching young generations more about emotional intelligence and self-understanding.

Sunday Mornings - Getting ready for the Week

Hey! Hope you are having a calm weekend

Preparing for the week to come... Can't believe I am spontaneously in DC this weekend... It is so important to take the time for yourself and do what you love when you feel the need to rebalance, which for me is traveling, and spending quality time with family... I am already counting down the days for me to visit my family in Chile, because I miss them deeply.

I realize that one of my faults is spreading myself too thin with my priorities (maybe this relates to you)..., and for the past year it has been a journey learning how to manage 3-5 commitments at once. So I have gathered that even when these commitments may feel strenuous on my life, how can I take a step back a realize that it happens to all of us, and it does not define our being. 

There was an article that I found online written by Arina

1. Let go of a few activities

Yes, it’s that easy! Take a look at your to-do list and ask yourself, “If I don’t do it today, will it matter a month from now?”

Not every urgent task is important. Just like not every important, high pay-off task is urgent. The best way to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed and to manage your time is to know the difference between the two and learn to simplify your life by getting your to-do list down to three big tasks.

2. Take deep breaths to calm down

This advice sounds so simple it’s often overlooked. But it works better (and faster) than any other relaxation technique out there. There is a direct connection between our emotional state and breathing. An anxious, frustrated or overwhelmed person breathes as if they have just finished running a marathon. A calm person breathes differently. Their breathing is deep, slow and steady. So the best way to bring your heart rate down and to regain your cool is to change your breathing.

Try this now: take a slow, deep breath in, filling your lungs with air and expanding your diaphragm. Hold your breath for four counts and then slowly release the air through your mouth. Repeat four times and notice frustration and the feeling of being overwhelmed dissolve with each long exhale.

3. Make “Just one thing” your mantra

When we feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks on our to-do list, it’s easy to enter the ‘deer in the headlights’ state. You see deadlines approaching directly towards you, and you know that something has to be done about them, but you just don’t know where to start.

The best way to get your mind out of an ‘inactivity trance’ is to create momentum. This is what makes the “Just one thing” mantra so powerful. It helps to change our expectation that everything has to be completed right now, “or else.”

Next time you feel overwhelmed make grabbing a cup of coffee your “Just one thing.” You can do it, right? Then come back, pick one of the smallest tasks on your to-do list and tell yourself you’ll do just that one task. This is your next “Just one thing” that you will concentrate on until it’s complete. After that you can move on to the next task and so on.

Please note: It’s not “One thing at a time.” Saying this implies that there is a huge line of other tasks waiting to get done and that’s not the message you want to keep repeating to yourself.

4. Reduce the multi-tasking and multi-thinking

It’s been proven that multi-tasking is very inefficient, to the point of dumbing us down (more than smoking marijuana does). The same is true for multi-thinking, when your mind frantically jumps from one thought to another, trying to focus on and analyze several things all at once. Fortunately, there is help. A few minutes of meditation or brainwave music is all it takes to start feeling more relaxed, more creative and less overwhelmed.

5. Get moving

Any exercise you engage in – be it walking or dancing to your favorite beat – helps to pump some ‘feel-good’ hormones, called endorphins, through your body and to clear your mind. Staying active also increases your productivity, enhances your ability to cope with stress and helps you to vent nervous tension, boosting your mood and changing the thoughts that induce the sense of being overwhelmed.

The best part is you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get the mind-soothing benefits of exercise. Even as little as 15 minutes of dancing or jogging can go a long way towards making you feel better and staying calmer.

6. Change your surroundings

We all need and deserve to take vacations from work woes and family responsibilities. Unfortunately, spending two weeks lazing on a beach, toes in the sand and a Mojito in hand, is not always an option. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t take short ‘vacations’ from work stress and the technology buzz.

Go outside for a few minutes and enjoy the sunshine. Stop at a park instead of driving straight home from work. Sometimes changing your surroundings and ‘spicing up your routine’ is all it takes to change your perspective on things and find creative solutions to seemingly complex and overwhelming problems.

7. Get some pet therapy

Use pet therapy to calm down.

Studies have shown what most of us already guessed – our pets can be a great help during stressful moments. Simple actions such as petting or playing with your dog or cat can lower high blood pressure, improve your immune system and boost your mood. Besides, pets can make the best conversation partners to share your frustrations with. They listen, they love you unconditionally and they never talk back or say, “I told you so.”

Extra tip: Don’t wait for stress to hit you to start practicing these quick ways to calm down when you are overwhelmed. The best way to enjoy a worry-free life is not to push yourself to the limit of being overwhelmed and frustrated.

Simplicity

For a long time people have asked me how I keep my life so simple and minimalistic. Since we're getting to know each other, I am going to pretty much explain why this is so...

  1. I have my everyday "uniform" of jeans and a basic white or black shirt with my espadrilles or converse. 
  2. My room is super bare with a clean minimal wooden desk, my calendar above, just a couple books, laptop, and a lamp... then I have my tall bed with simple pillows. My whole room is a super simple color scheme of navy and white with a few gold accents .
  3. MOST IMPORTANTLY, I am really simple as a person. I am true person that really just wants to see people grow and improve in their ambitions. I love supporting my family and friends. It's crazy how life is impacted when all you want for others is good and happiness. 
  4. But enough about me... lets focus on you!

If you are trying to declutter and destress, my biggest suggestion is to learn to breathe. Having the ability to control the situation whether you're stressed or tense can enable you to succeed in many different situations.

Another thing that has helped me is learning to shrug it off, or like Taylor Swift once said, "shake it off" (had too, haha)...  A great way to get over unimportant things is just by learning to accept it, and be indifferent to it. Take a step back and realize this was an experience. You've learned from it. Thank you. And Move Forward. I'm always encountering myself with people that make themselves the victim or blame a flaw on a certain past experience. Once you are able to breathe and step back, it is amazing what you realize about others.

As you can tell I really enjoy discussing this, so if you have any personal questions or comments please send them! Love reaching out to all of you!